Hello, Baton Rouge! As you should know by now, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Baton Rouge. Civic institutions and businesses all over the city will hold special events all year to celebrate the establishment of this place we call home. You can find information about Baton Rouge history, BR200 events, and other ways to celebrate on the Baton Rouge 200 website.
The library is in on it, too – don’t miss the history timeline, made by the very fine folks in the Baton Rouge Room! They’ve incorporated some images and details from our local history collection, including pictures of historic places and people from Baton Rouge’s earliest days. They also contributed to a photo slider of pictures from all over town – you can just click and drag to see the changes.
Baton Rouge’s One Book, One Community read for 2017 is…drumroll please…we know it’s hard to pretend you hear a drumroll emanating from a blog post, but just go with it, for the sake of the children…Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi!
Mark Twain has shaped our views of who and what America is as a nation and of who and what we might become. We will kick off the series with an After-Hours Catfish and Mud Pie Party at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM, complete with lively music, amusements, country-style refreshments and a visit from Mark Twain himself, as portrayed by Warren Brown. As a Mark Twain scholar, Brown received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens. Warren Brown’s uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series is guaranteed to entertain. Go to the OBOC 2017 infoguide to learn about the book, the author, and ways you can play along.
This year’s One Book, One Community celebrations will connect with our celebrations of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial! Check out the bicentennial website to find information about celebratory events at the library and throughout the parish, including a list of 200 things you can do to celebrate the city we call home.
If you have construction questions, please join UREC at the library’s Delmont Gardens Branch on Saturday, January 14th, from 12-2 PM to learn about choosing a contractor, avoiding price gauging and contractor fraud, and finding resources on construction and financing. Registration is available online. To learn more about the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), please visit their website.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year to let the people in your life know what you mean to them. If you’re broke as a joke, or at least as broke as a witty comment, come to one of the library’s truly excellent craft programs and leave with something handmade for that special someone. Here is a convenient list of what’s coming up before the end of the year!
Morse Code Jewelry, December 20th, 3-4 PM – Teens, come to Bluebonnet to make an awesome bracelet or necklace using morse code to spell out a special message! Keychains can also be made. All materials will be provided.
Crafty Christmas, December 19th-December 23rd, 4-5 PM – Teens can come any day or every day to make a new Christmas craft from ornaments to wrapping paper. Materials will be provided.
Rocky and Rita Reindeer, December 27th, 10 AM-1 PM – Children can make their own Rocky or Rita Reindeer to use for holiday decorating. Materials will be provided while supplies last.
Silly Santa Make and Take, December 19th-December 22nd, all day (while supplies last) – Children can celebrate the upcoming holidays by making crafts where silly Santa Clauses are popping out of chimneys feet first! Ages 3 and up.
Delmont Gardens Branch
Burlap Rudolph Ornament Storycraft, December 20th, 4-5 PM – Children ages 8-11 will read “The Animals’ Santa” by Jan Brett and make burlap Rudolph ornaments. Limited to 12 children. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060 to register.
20somethings Holiday Felties, December 21st, 5-7 PM – 20somethings will make weirdly adorable Christmas tree felties.
Charlie Brown-themed Christmas Wreath Storycraft, December 22nd, 10-11 AM – Children read “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles Schulz and then make a Charlie Brown-themed Christmas wreath. Limited to 12 children, ages 5-9. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060.
New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Storycraft, December 30th, 10-11 AM – Children will read “Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve” by Eve Bunting and make a New Year’s Eve noisemaker. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060. Limited to 10 children, ages 8-11.
Eden Park Branch
Mindful Crafts and Meditation, December 20th and 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM –Adults are welcome to join us for a craft that increases awareness, inner peace and mindfulness. Examples include creating mandalas, prayer flags, or aromatherapy.
Holiday Ornaments, December 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM – Adults and 20somethings will make some beautifully unique holiday ornaments using yarn and plastic canvas.
Holiday Cake Balls, December 22nd, 3:30-4:30 PM – Teens will make some yummy, no-bake cake balls.
Christmas Stocking Storycraft, December 17th, 11 AM-12 PM – Children will listen to the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Then the children will decorate a stocking made out of felt. They can hang up their unique stocking just in time for Christmas. For ages 4-11. Please register by calling (225) 924-9386.
Jones Creek Branch
DIY Sugar Scrubs, December 22nd, 3-4 PM – Teens, learn how to make your own luxurious sugar scrubs to use as a gift or to keep for yourself!
Countdown to New Year’s Make and Take, December 28th, 1-4 PM – Children can stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to make an adorable New Year’s paper plate clock, which will be wearing a festive party hat! All ages.
Ugly Holiday Sweaters for 20somethings, December 17th, 1-3 PM – 20somethings should bring their poor, un-decorated sweatshirts to cover them with various tacky objects. Also, snacks! The snacks are for eating, not for putting on the sweaters.
Santa and Snowman Make and Take, December 19th, 10 AM-4 PM – Children will be able to choose whether they would like to make a Santa or a Snowman. For children ages 3 to 11. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups.
Holiday Ornaments, December 22nd, 2:30-3:15 PM – Children will sing Christmas carols and make holiday ornaments to take home. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. For children ages 5 to 7. Registration is required (call (225) 231-2740) and limited to 10 children. Sorry, no groups.
Corn Husk Angels, December 14th (today!), 4-5 PM – Teens can come to Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library and make the perfect addition to your holiday tree or to dress-up that special gift for Mom. We’ll be making angels out of real corn husks, yarn, and felt.
River Center Branch
Christmas Ornaments Make-and-Take, December 14th-17th, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can make their own Christmas Tree ornaments at River Center Branch Library using pipe cleaners and beads. Bring your imagination to craft candy canes, wreaths, and more! Children 6 and up. Groups must register. For more information and to register, call 389-4959.
Trim-a-Tree Make andTake, December 19th-23rd, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can design their own Christmas Tree with construction paper, pom-poms and stickers. Ages 3-11. No registration required.
Pretty PaperOrnaments, December 22nd, 4-5:30 PM – Teens, come by the Zachary Branch Library and make a variety of pretty paper Christmas ornaments, like woven paper snowflakes, origami orbs and more! All supplies will be provided.
Mike Anderson, also known as the Dulcimer Guy, will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 8, to dazzle audiences with amazing tunes. Listen only or join in by singing along to popular holiday music on the dulcimer!
Later, at 6:30 the same day, meet a strangely familiar face in the personage of Hugo Kringle, Kris Kringle’s brother, as he regales the audience with tales of growing up Santa Claus’s sibling and plays holiday music. A dulcimer may possibly be involved.
A Celebration of the Trees @ the Creek
The Jones Creek Regional Christmas tree display, made of trees decorated by area businesses, schools, clubs, churches, homeowners associations, and other community organizations, will open on December 1st at 9:00 AM. (If you’ve got a last-minute contribution, call (225) 756-1160 to get yours in!)
The LASM Discovery Dome is Letting It Snow!
2-5 PM December 6th – Delmont Gardens Branch
10 AM – 1 PM December 7th – Pride-Cheneyville Branch
3:30-6:30 PM December 8th – Fairwood Branch
2:30-5:30 PM December 12th – Baker Branch
3-6 PM December 13th – Central Branch
10 AM – 1 PM December 14th – Zachary Branch
3-6 PM December 21st – Bluebonnet Regional Branch
SO MANY CRAFTS
And as always, this time of year brings out the artist in all of us. There are more holiday-themed crafting events for Baton Rougians of all ages than you can shake a stick at. (But if you should be inclined to try, please tie some ribbon on the end, so it’s festive.)